Games involving a stick and a ball have, no doubt, been around for hundreds of years. Those early stick games, however, were missing one very important component that is unique to our present game called golf. It is that little 4 ¼ inch diameter cavity often cut into a very diabolical location on an otherwise well manicured area of the golf course at the end of each fairway. That same cavity also doubles as a land mark used to identify your general location on a golf course. Of course, golfers refer to that cavity as the hole.
There is little argument that Scotland gave birth to the game we now know and love called golf. The first reference to golf in the historic town of St. Andrews is 1552. It wasn’t until over 200 years later that the St. Andrews Society of Golfer’s was formed. The primary motive for forming the group was to compete in its own annual match play competition.
An urban legend has it that one day a Society member took his bag of clubs along with a bottle of Scotch whisky and set out to enjoy a round of golf. After he holed out on each green he would drink a shot of whisky. The story says that when he had consumed 18 shots of whisky the bottle was empty and it made perfect logic to him that because his whisky bottle was finished his round of golf was finished too.
It is recorded that stroke play was introduced in 1759. Further records state that in 1764 the first 18 hole course was constructed in St. Andrews and it became the de-facto standard for the number of holes to constitute a round of golf. From that point in time to this present day it seems that pretty much all conversation about golf evolves around the game played on an 18 hole course. There has never been, and there may never be, a game to challenge the popularity of the traditional 18 hole game of golf.
It would be mere speculation to estimate how many golf courses there are in the world. It would be even more speculative to estimate how many people play golf around the world. One thing that we can say for sure is that there is a growing participation in executive golf course play. Many, many reasons are fueling this increase in popularity. Reasons such as lower greens fees, shorter time to complete a round, higher likelihood that your spouse will join you on the course, more opportunities to get a hole in one and maybe even fewer lost balls.
So, the question is “why PEG CHARTS?” A time honored method for monitoring personal change in a particular skill is to maintain a record of performance of that particular skill and over time compare the historical record to a current record regarding the same skill. PEG CHARTS is a web site dedicated to executive golf course play and provides a service to monitor specific skills involved with golf. It provides a player a simple and reliable means to track, compile and maintain certain records for each 9 hole round he plays. He can track putts per round, greens hit in regulation, fairways hit and strokes per round. This information will provide a history of past performance and allow an evaluation of change in performance in those skills from year to year as well as round to round.
Possibly the most engaging characteristic of traditional golf is how golfers of unequal skills are provided a means to compete fairly against one another. Very few sports, bowling and pocket billiards are just two that come to mind, have such a characteristic. This characteristic allows participants to compile credentials that would make “uneven” participants become “even” at the start of a competition. This characteristic is called, of course, a handicap.
The PEG CHARTS Executive Golf Course Rating formula is specific to executive golf courses. The rating formula can be applied to rate any executive golf course, in any city, in any country. The PEG CHARTS Executive Golf Course Rating makes it possible to project a player’s potential to post a score against par by taking into account the difficulty of any executive golf course anywhere in the world. The PEG CHARTS Executive Golf Course Rating formula is imbedded in our software and therefore is automatically applied to every new executive golf course score card that is properly entered into our database. By simply recording a gross score after each round played an executive golf course player will create that same engaging characteristic found in traditional golf for his play on an executive golf course --- a PEG CHARTS Handicap.